This late 17th century Provençal property was acquired in the 1860s by John Taylor, a landscape gardener and later property magnate, who wanted the English to discover Cannes and the surrounding region. He improved the property, adding a wing and landscaping the gardens, adding a hunting lodge at the centre of a large olive grove, which was 350 hectares at that time. His friend Joseph P. Kennedy, then United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom in London (1937-1940), regularly spent his family holidays at the property.
John Taylor's daughter, who was married to Lord Montaigu, sold the house after the Second World War to Robert Labé, an ironmaster in Pont-à-Mousson. Labé, who was very fond of fashionable parties, took advantage of the majestic setting of this beautiful property to organise fashion shows and host celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, who stayed here for a year during the 1970s.
Odette and Jacques Chibois acquired the property in 1996 to create a manor house reflecting their warm and family-friendly style. They were very careful to maintain its character, using ancient methods to restore the property, keep its character and give it new lease of life.
Four years later, La Bastide Saint-Antoine became a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, obtaining its fifth star in 2009 and entering into the highly selective group of French 5-star hotels. Jacques Chibois’ restaurant, which has won Michelin stars and Gault & Millau ‘toques’ and is a member of the Grandes Tables du Monde group, is appreciated worldwide by people who come to enjoy the excellent Mediterranean way of life in all its glory!